Thursday, January 9, 2020


MZ Wallace Tote Large Sutton Tote (I also love Oliver Thomas version) $245
I have had my MZ Wallace tote for years... it's been used as a work bag, gym bag and baby bag!

These are the items in my winter wardrobe that are on repeat. Between November and February my wardrobe is basically all black.

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I wear my Spanx several times a week... especially in December when I basically gave up on pants with a button. They truly suck you in... and unfortunately make all other leggings feel loose in comparison.
UPDATE 2/5: These leggings have been a "top seller" and I feel it's important to disclose this to anyone that turns to me for a recommendation. Are Spanx faux leather leggings worth the price $98? While I have loved wearing my faux leather leggings, I am not happy with the quality. I own a few pairs now, and the sheen has only held up for one season while following washing instructions. Since writing this post, I have been in communication with Spanx customer service disputing the quality while following suggested care. For the price, I would expect the lifetime of the sheen to last longer. I hope to find an alternative brand and style for this look next season. Unfortunate because I love the Spanx brand! :(

FAQ: Are Golden Goose worth the price tag?  Sure, if you get your wear out of them... and only if they have glitter, leopard or a pop of something fun! If you're into the look and have the budget, go for them! I love the Intermix exclusives. I was on the fence for awhile, but have worn them constantly since the fall.

My favorite cut of the popular Dudley Stephens turtleneck is the cropped Park Slope. It fits my shorter frame best and versatile by adding longer shirts underneath. I also have the longer Cobble Hill version since it covers my bum in leggings for the office. I should note they are great for keeping up with babies and tots... the vero fleece washes well!

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My latest purchase is this STIK beanie that I bought at the Darien Sports Shop. Feels like winter is just beginning in Connecticut! The style color is Blacklist... which inspired this post.

Last but not least... I finally caved and bought a pair of black leggings from Amazon, also known as the lululemon Align dupes. I went with this pair (includes the pocket, very important) since they are 7/8 length, 25" inseam, and I don't have to hem them (I'm 5'2"). As for sizing, I would recommend going down and several others I was messaging with over Instagram felt the same. The legs are comparable in thickness but I do prefer the waistband of the Aligns better. Regardless, I think for $25 they are worth adding into rotation for everyday wear and light workouts. I haven't washed them but heard they hold up well. Now I'm off to find a brushed/fleece lined pair for winter paddle. Suggestions welcome!

Happy almost weekend!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Disney on Ice

Last weekend Ted and I took Lexi (3.5) and Chase (16 months) to see Disney on Ice Celebrate Memories at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. We all had a great time! It was a last minute decision to go and I'm so glad we did!

I showed Lexi YouTube videos of similar shows leading up to the weekend, which got her very excited. Both she and Chase loved the show. Chase was clapping along and very engaged. I had several people ask me on Instagram if Lexi and Chase were the "right" age... definitely! I won't lie... will probably leave Chase home next year when he's 2 if he's anything like Lexi was at that age.

A few tips...
Leave plenty of time to park! It took us forever to park and longer to leave since we were far up in the garage. 
I wore Chase in a carrier to enter/exit the arena faster.
I wish I had packed my bag more efficiently... I found myself scrambling for things in a tight space.
The show is between 1.5-2 hours with an intermission. 

One of my favorite Disney movies from my childhood was Beauty and the Beast... so I especially loved Be Our Guest.

The highlight for Lexi was Elsa... no surprise! The show ended up with the crowd favorite (judging by costume) Frozen. If you are in Connecticut, there is an upcoming show in Hartford this month.

Upcoming Show Dates in NY, NH, CT, NJ & MA

January 9-12 // Dream Big // Uniondale, NY
January 9-12 // Celebrate Memories // Manchester, NH
January 16-20 // Celebrate Memories // Hartford, CT
January 16-20 // Dream Big // Newark, NJ
January 23-26 // Celebrate Memories // Buffalo, NY
February 19-23 // Road Trip Adventures // Boston, MA
March 26-29 // Worlds of Enchantment // Trenton, NJ

Show tickets c/o Disney On Ice


Monday, January 6, 2020

Blue and White Monday: Holiday Tablescape

Wine Glasses: Juliska. Tablecloth: India Amory. Plates: Similar. Chairs: Bed Bath & Beyond

Happy New Year! Kicking off  2020 with my tablescape from the holidays. I used my grandmother's Canton reproduction dinnerware with my Juliska glassware. You can find a similar version of the plates sold at William Sonoma.

I probably sound like a broken record... but I have found that building a blue and white collection has been incredibly versatile for all of the seasons and holidays.  Just switch out the flowers or tablecloth.

Double Happiness Ginger Jar: similar.

You can find India Amory's block print tableclothes on her website as well as Orchard Mile. I love following her Instagram account and seeing how she and her devotees style. I am hoping that she brings back the blue bow design, now on my wishlist after seeing on my friend Social Dearest's holiday table.

Bar Cart: Society Social. Champagne Flutes: Juliska. Champagne Bucket: William Sonoma. Napkins: Lettermade

My bar cart is an extension of my tablescape ... always coordinating! Honestly I forget about these napkins every year and it's a pleasant surprise to pull them out of a drawer to use. You can find similar versions on Etsy (I particularly like this design).

Aerin ~ via Pinterest

I didn't have even seats for my table, so ordered these folding chairs and I love them! I have been eyeing them for awhile... love how this style looks around Aerin's table.

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